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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 20 (2015) pp 106-112

Yves Chauvin (1930–2015), Metathesis Pioneer and 2005 Nobel Chemistry Laureate: An Obituary-Tribute

George B. Kauffman*and Jean-Pierre Adloff

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,; Honorary Professor, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France F-67100,

Published: 1 May 2015

Abstract. French chemist Yves Chauvin died on January 28, 2015 at the age of 84. Chauvin was Honorary Research Director at the Institut Français du Pétrole and noted for his work on the process of metathesis, for which he was awarded the 2005 Nobel Chemistry Prize along with American chemists Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock. The major concern of Chauvin’s research involved metathesis, a reaction of olefin transformation in which double bonds are broken, and the atom groups change places and reform new molecules. Chauvin’s personal and professional career are discussed with emphasis on metathesis.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; history of chemistry; biography; Nobel prizes; metathesis; organic synthesis; catalysis; bond breaking; olefin reactions; pharmaceuticals; green chemistry

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